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REORIENT is a magazine celebrating contemporary Middle Eastern arts and culture // edited by Joobin Bekhrad

Partay.

Partay.

In 1986, three years after the historic anti-racism marches in France – derided by the French media as a Marche des Beurs – a swarthy, curly-haired, slightly androgynous looking Algerian and what looked like an outfit of Andalusian outcasts struck terror and awe into the heart of every proud and respectable child of Gaul. Belting out a punkish, acerbic take on Charles Trenet’s nonchalant, patriotic 1940s ditty, Douce France, doused with a copious dose of vitriol and wit, Rachid Taha effortlessly criticised the sociocultural conditions of French Arabs and North Africans in the 80s. Sweet France, he sang in his now-signature guttural snarl and growl, to the sound of a warbling synthesiser and the beat of a banal drum machine; dear country of my childhood! Cradled in carefree tenderness have I kept you in my heart … Yes, I love thee … in times both good and bad …
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In 1986, three years after the historic anti-racism marches in France – derided by the French media as a Marche des Beurs – a swarthy, curly-haired, slightly androgynous looking Algerian and what looked like an outfit of Andalusian outcasts struck terror and awe into the heart of every proud and respectable child of Gaul. Belting out a punkish, acerbic take on Charles Trenet’s nonchalant, patriotic 1940s ditty, Douce France, doused with a copious dose of vitriol and wit, Rachid Taha effortlessly criticised the sociocultural conditions of French Arabs and North Africans in the 80s. Sweet France, he sang in his now-signature guttural snarl and growl, to the sound of a warbling synthesiser and the beat of a banal drum machine; dear country of my childhood! Cradled in carefree tenderness have I kept you in my heart … Yes, I love thee … in times both good and bad …

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Toronto mayor Rob Ford and Prince Charles rockin’ the kuffiyah

Toronto mayor Rob Ford and Prince Charles rockin’ the kuffiyah

Selfies? Been there, done that. (The Iranian Qajar monarch Nasereddin Shah and his concubines)

Selfies? Been there, done that. (The Iranian Qajar monarch Nasereddin Shah and his concubines)

Filfit underjround.

Filfit underjround.

Drugs: just say ‘no’.

Drugs: just say ‘no’.

Iranian icons by Mohammad Ali Ziaei (L-R: M.R. Shajarian, Shahram Nazeri, Nima Yushij, Sadegh Hedayat)

Iranian icons by Mohammad Ali Ziaei (L-R: M.R. Shajarian, Shahram Nazeri, Nima Yushij, Sadegh Hedayat)

Today has been one of those tea days …

Today has been one of those tea days …

Cairo, 1903

Cairo, 1903

Iranian Fashion: Between the Veils

Between 1936 and 1979, when the hijab was not in force, family albums captured Iranian women’s embrace of Western fashion, as seen in movies and magazines, and embodied by a succession of fashionable queens

Iranian Fashion: Between the Veils

Between 1936 and 1979, when the hijab was not in force, family albums captured Iranian women’s embrace of Western fashion, as seen in movies and magazines, and embodied by a succession of fashionable queens

Sex, drugs, and gol-o-bolbol (by Iranian artist Ladan Broujerdi)

Sex, drugs, and gol-o-bolbol (by Iranian artist Ladan Broujerdi)

Salafi selfie?

Salafi selfie?